The 1977 Australian Film Awards ceremony, presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), honoured the best Australian films of 1976 on 21 September 1977 at Regent Theatre, in Sydney, New South Wales. It was televised on ABC. Actors Keir Dullea and Karen Black, and former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton hosted the show.
|1977 Australian Film Awards|
|Date||Wednesday, 21 September 1977|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Best Film||Storm Boy|
|Most awards||Don's Party (6)|
|Most nominations||Storm Boy (9)|
Don's Party won six awards including Best Direction and Best Actress. Other winners were The Picture Show Man with four awards, and Storm Boy with two awards including Best Film and the Jury Prize. Charles Chauvel was posthumously awarded the Raymond Longford Award.
The ceremony was held on 21 September 1977 at Regent Theatre, in Sydney, New South Wales. It was hosted by actors Keir Dullea and Karen Black, and former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton. Films were nominated for awards in thirteen categories, marking the first time the awards were presented competitively and not as a film prize like previous years, with the exception of the non-feature film categories. The Awards were televised on ABC.
Winners and nomineesEdit
The Australian Film Institute (AFI) presented awards across eighteen categories. Three new award categories were presented for Best Achievement in Sound, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction, and the award for Best Original Music Score was reinstated after it had not been given since 1973. The recipients of the peer voted feature-film awards included the film Storm Boy, for Best Film; Bruce Beresford for Best Direction, for Don's Party; John Meillon for Best Actor, for The Fourth Wish; and Pat Bishop for Best Actress, for Don's Party. Charles Chauvel received the Raymond Longford Award posthumously for his contribution to Australian screen culture and environment, and was presented to his wife Elsa Chauvel. Storm Boy was nominated for nine awards but only received two; and Don's Party won five of the six awards it was nominated for, winning the most awards at the ceremony.
Non-feature films were presented with a gold, silver or bronze prize, or an honourable mention, and the awards were determined by a jury. The Love Letters from Teralba Road received a gold and silver prize, and a special award for creativity.
Peer voted awardsEdit
Winners of competitive awards marked first in boldface and highlighted in gold.
Jury voted prizesEdit
Winners of the gold prize.
Winners of the silver prize.
Winners of the bronze prize.
|Jury Prize||Storm Boy – Matt Carroll|
|Best Documentary||We Are All Alone My Dear – Paul Cox|
|Greg – Tom Manefield|
|Here's To You Mr. Robinson – Peter Tammer, Gary Patterson (Honourable mention)|
|Best Short Fiction Film||The Love Letters from Teralba Road – Richard Brennan|
|The Singer and the Dancer – Gillian Armstrong|
|Do I Have to Kill My Child? – Janet Isaac|
|The Idyll – Aphrodite Jansen (Honourable mention)|
|In The Beginning – Mark D'Arcy-Irvine (Honourable mention)|
|Best Cinematography – Documentary||The Love Letters from Teralba Road – Tom Cowan|
|The Last Harvest – David Foreman|
|Advertising||Italy – Adrian Ussher|
- Raymond Longford Award
- Jedda Award
- Creativity award
- Tom Cowan – Journey Among Women
- Stephen Wallace – The Love Letters from Teralba Road
- Alexander Stitt – Rover
- Adrian Ussher – Phone Home To...
- Macro Photography
- Paul Heinrichs (22 September 1977). "Storm Boy is best film". The Age. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. pp. 142–182. ISBN 1-876467-20-7.
- French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 111. ISBN 1-876467-20-7.
- "AACTA - Past Winners 1977". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 145. ISBN 1-876467-20-7.